The world was Gary Stafford’s oyster when he left Cathal Brugha Street College and he intended to explore its cuisines with enthusiasm. First stop was a college placement in Brittany working in the lovely walled town of Vannes and discovering a new world of food. That led to a ‘real’ job in a delightful nearby fishing village of Pont Aven. Its main claim to fame is a close association with artist Paul Gauguin but for Gary the appeal was learning artistry of a different kind – the art of French cuisine.
Myles Lamberth has taken what could loosely be described as ‘the scenic route’ from his native Capetown to Strandhill on Ireland’s northwest coast. His childhood was divided between several different countries including Iran, Angola and Namibia, the family moving as his father’s engineering career dictated. Clearly Myles inherited the wanderlust gene and he has added the USA, France, Switzerland, England and now of course Ireland to the seriously impressive list of places he has lived. Almost a decade in Strandhill is the longest time he has ever spent in one spot.
There is a tantalising incongruity between the exotic details of Mary Luthers’ early life and the last few decades spent in a rural idyll in the northwest of Ireland. Her grandfather, an Anderson from Calry in Sligo spread his wings wide and pursued a career abroad marrying a French woman; ‘Granny Lily’ to the young Mary. Their son, Mary’s father, also worked abroad and even brought his young family to India for a few years, where her culinary world journey began.
The Sligo Food Trail spring brochure is aimed at all visitors to the county with any interest in good food. Apart from a quirky but very usable map, it also highlights some of the more than 30 interactive Food Experiences, combining activities and food on Sligo Food Trail.
It’s rare to find an iconic restaurant which over the best part of two decades has remained fresh, vibrant and at the top of its game. Eithna’s by the Sea on Sligo Food Trail is one such pearl, no wonder it won Seafood Restaurant of the Year just two years ago. Talking with its eponymous owner, Eithna O’Sullivan, is as invigorating as a brisk walk by the sea itself. She retains all her enthusiasm and passion for creating good food and has accumulated more experience of food, cooking, restaurants and food service than an entire Masterchef kitchen!
Big congratulations to three of our Sligo Food Trail members who were included in the McKennas’ Guides Top 100 Restaurants in the Sunday Times yesterday.
The way to everyone’s heart is through their stomach according to the Valentine experts in Sligo Food Trail. Everyone’s going crazy for food-related love – eating in, eating out or just making your presence known with a foodie Valentine’s present.
“Best Overall Brewery” is quite some accolade and we’re thrilled to announce it has been awarded to the White Hag Brewery on the Sligo Food Trail. The award is part of the Beer of the Year competition run by Beoir.
The entire county of Sligo seems to be a magnet for people from just about everywhere with a passion for food and the drive to make something special happen. Something very special indeed is happening down Skreen way on a Saturday, and Marguerite Quinlan has had more than a little to do with it. She [...]
Second Sligo Food Trail restaurant to win accolade What a coup for The Draft House gastro pub in Strandhill who have just been announced as the Bord Bia Just Ask Restaurant of the month. This coveted award recognises quality restaurants which both source local produce and profile their suppliers on menus. The winner is selected [...]